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Electrical transmission lines have power to enhance habitat connectivity for wildlife


Converting the ground under electrical transmission towers into spaces for wildlife can enable fragmented populations to connect with one another, increasing local biodiversity and providing animals around the globe an important tool for adapting to climate change, a new study found.

“The most common way species respond to climate change is to try to shift their range—i.e., go live somewhere else,” Oregon State University scientist Virginia Morandini said. “When landscapes become fragmented, usually because of human activity, it greatly hinders animals’ ability to move their range. That’s why it’s so important for biodiversity conservation to try to get their environments connected.” MORE

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